Storytime: W is for Working Together

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let’s work together to create a happy, healthy, carefree childhood for every child. Raising children isn’t easy, but doing it as a team is good for you and your child. When both parents or caregivers involve the child in family routines, rules, and responsibilities, you create an environment for communication, accomplishments, and emotional growth. It also helps you to feel more confident in your parenting.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

April National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tips

  • Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved, and capable of following their dreams.
  • Help yourself. When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control- take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
  • If your baby cries… It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby- shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.

                www.preventchildabuse.org/resources/ten-ways-to-help-prevent-child-abuse/

Activity

Working together, create a shopping list with your child. Talk about what you might need and what you might want. then take the time to talk about how you might get those things. You could end the activity with a trip to the grocery store.

Books Presented

Book cover for Paint It Out by Ethan Long

Paint it Out! by Ethan Long

When an effort to paint a mural results in knocked-over paint cans and spattering brushes, Horse reluctantly accepts help from Buggy.

Book cover for The Fish of Small Wishes by Elana K. Arnold

The Fish of Small Wishes by Elana K. Arnold

Once, there was a girl named Kiki, who found a fish on the asphalt. The fish was very hot and very dry. But when Kiki put it in the bathtub, it started swimming, and growing, and speaking. “I want to grant you a wish for saving me,” it said. Alas, this fish was only a fish of small wishes, and Kiki’s wish was too big. Unless there was a way for both their dreams to come true.

Book cover for We Are Going to Be Pals! by Mark Teague

We Are Gong to Be Pals! by Mark Teague

A talkative cattle egret explains to a rhinoceros that in addition to having a symbiotic relationship, they also have a friendship built on communication, kindness, and a respect for boundaries.

Book cover for Put It on the List! by Kristen Darbyshire

Put It on the List! by Kristen Darbyshire

When family members see the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they not only do better at keeping the list up-to-date, they also help with the shopping to ensure they never again eat pickled grubs.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bubble, Bubble, Pop!

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Source: Jbrary

Paint with me

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
Grab your brush and paint with me.
Paint a flower, paint a tree.
Paint it fast, and paint it slow.
Paint up high, then paint down low.
Paint in zig-zags, circles too.
How I love to paint with you!

Source: The Loudest Librarian

Let’s Be Friends

Tune: London Bridge
Let’s be friends with one another
One another, one another
Let’s be friends with one another
Let’s be friends today
(You can… jump with a friend, clap with a friend, march with a friend, dance with a friend.)

Source: Storytime Katie

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a bunny mom and child shopping at the store.

W is for Working Together

Horse head craft made from paper plates and yarn.

Horse Head Paper Plate Craft

Additional Books

Book cover for Stacey's Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

Stacey's Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

Every Thursday, Stacey finds joy in the school library and her passion for books, but when she meets Julie, a new student struggling with reading, they form a bond and inspire other classmates to share stories, fostering a love for reading together.

Book cover for I am Stuck by Julia Mills

I Am Stuck by Julia Mills

It stinks to be stuck. Turtle is stuck on their back, unable to flip over. “Try wiggling your feet,” advises Duck–nope. Still stuck. “Try wagging your tail,” Kangaroo suggests–nope again. Armadillo says that rolling in a ball might work–Turtle tries…but rolls ALL the way over and is stuck again. Possum wonders if Turtle is playing possum, but Turtle says no. “It doesn’t hurt. But I feel scared, frustrated, and alone.” Possum flops over with Turtle. They smell honeysuckle. They hear a bird singing. They watch clouds together. Turtle feels a bit better, but then it rains. Now, Turtle is cold and wet…”but I don’t feel stuck.” Possum says, “I feel like my butt fell asleep.” And the duo giggle so hard, they both flip over. They discover being stuck is not so bad when you’re together.

Book cover for The Wheels on the... Uh Oh by Sue Tarsky

The Wheels on the... Uh Oh! by Sue Tarsky

In this twist on the classic song, the bus gets a flat tire and everyone needs to work together to get the bus going again.

Book cover for Daddies and Daughters Stick Together by Aissatou Balde

Daddies and Daughters Stick Together by Aissatou Balde

When their mother goes into the city, Diari and her little sister, Fatima, are excited because they get to cook, learn, dance and play with Daddy because he knows that a little love and imagination go a long way.

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